International students are charged unfairly high tuition fees at UK universities
As clearly stated in the title, this debate aims to resolve the never-ending issue and might as well name it as a predicament for all the International Students in the UK. They face a VERY BIG discrepancy, when it comes to tuition fees they have to pay, compared to ordinary Home Students. Is it reasonable to charge them almost triple the fees of a Home Student? Will it be fairer if the charges are to be made income-based rather than putting weight on residency and nationality issues? Education is for all; as far as everyone is concerned, it knows no race, colour or even tax history... Remember, this debate aims to evaluate all sides of the argument and present a concrete reason as to why these International Students should or should not be charged that amount... This is not to create a barrier or any sort of division among the Home and Foreign students, after all, education knows no limitations.
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Education transcends international boundaries
- "We are preveliged to had our predecessors ruled forein countries and made the all the wealth."
- "As a famous dicoverer of human genetic material said, we are superior human beings in this world."
- "About ruling foreign countries, Most of the times English people took undue advantage of hospitality by citizens of colonies. In some eastern countries where a Guest is considered next to God, English people came and started ruling. People showed hospitality and in return they got slavery from UK.
- " Superior race' I hope you meet me in person so that you can explain me how you became superior race. I believed that origin of human being is from Africa and theory of evolution says that the we all came from Africa. But I am not sure if there is any chance that some people in Uk believe that they evolved separately in an Island compared to rest of the people.
And based on these idiotic ideas if high tuition fees are justified then I dont believe that the education is worth taking.
How do you then explain my situation. Born in England, parents took me to Canada when I was 11. returned to England at 18. I am being charged full International fees and despite not being able to pay I am unable to have my status changed. Scholarships are for non British. Who am I and where was I born?
Why not education is a business.
And our economy substantially depends on foreign people and their money.
If they are happy to come; why shouldn’t we celebrate by charging them the amount that we need to get our bread and butter and sit idle at home on our backs.
We are preveliged to had our predecessors ruled forein countries and made the all the wealth.
As a famous dicoverer of human genetic material said, we are superior human beings in this world.
"TAX" THE WAY IT IS...
VERY SIMILAR YET VERY DIFFERENT
Canada's rates are higher
Good thing I'm a Canadian.
Need for money or exploitation?
If these students do go elsewhere then presumably the universities would lower the fees in response (though now that they are getting up to 9k off domestic students they may not consider getting money off international students so important).
UK students should have priority to UK Universities
The most common answer… a street response to a very crucial issue.
Indeed, this is their place and this is where they live, therefore it is just fair and equal to charge Home Students a lower fee compared to International Students. After all, the latter were given already the opportunity to live and settle in a place that is not theirs, use the country’s resources and services, and share with the real inhabitants the benefits provided by the government. The fact that they were welcomed into the country is a big blessing; it is too much then to ask for more and more, especially if it concerns major aspects of living like education.
Now turning to Education here, UK universities indeed charge unfairly to International Student. They dont take into account that International Students dont come into same category. For instance, for an American Student, or a student from any other developed country, the International fees are not an issue. But what about those talented bunch of students who are not that rich?
Local people should get a preference; thats right. Its their native country and they should get the benefits. But, intellectually both the native student and international student has to be on the same level. If a dumb person is ripping the benefits just because he is a local person, then it becomes Unfair.
Not a great deal of Surprise though. Basically, they need money. And they are not strong enough to rule the world again. So universities are good sources of their economics.
The argument against the yes seems to be under the impression that those attending University in the UK are moving here to reside. Most international students are just here to study. It's not that their own educational institutions were poor or lacks, but that they wanted learn about a different culture or society. Get a greater world perspective to help them in their studies. High tuition rates do not encourage international students to study abroad. I am a student form the US and to study here for a year is costing me more than the previous 3 years combined. I don't see what justifies this discrimination. I applied for my Visa, paid my fees, I speak English so there is no need for a translator or special assistance, in fact my impact on this university is nothing different than any other student attending. Essentially what is seems to come down to is that universities are underfunded and only have tuition rules in regards for national Students because the government doesn't care about foreigners (and doesn't really care for their own citizen for the most part)... no government does. So they keep the tuition high cause they can. It is incredibly unfair, immoral, and unjust. But governments don't care about that, and education is essentially a business so anyone with an interest in studying abroad should bend over and learn that tensing only makes it hurt more.
Of course fees are a big issue for people from developed nations.. you think everyone's money is worth the same amount?
We need the money
Without the higher fees that come from international students, UK students would be paying a lot more than they are, which would be bad for several reasons.
Firstly, it would lower the numbers of UK students who go to university, particularly from poorer backgrounds. Education is the best way to get out of poverty, so keeping poor people out of education is self-evidently a bad thing.
Secondly, and consequently, it would lower the number of graduates in the job market. Graduates are an increasingly valuable resource in our economy, which transformed to a predominantly service-based economy (with manufacturing outsourced to e.g. China). Having lots of graduates is a good thing for the British economy.
Thirdly, it would push taxes up as the government would need to find money to pay for higher education from somewhere else. A high tax burden is not a good thing for a country, as it means the general populace has less money to spend on the goods and services that keep the economy buoyant.
Because higher fees from international students keeps the cost down not only for UK students but indeed the UK taxpayer, this 'discrepancy' should remain.
Why not hold those in charge of the state budgets responsible for the lack of funding in higher education? Education is indeed very important, but if one considers that Universities grossly underfunded.. wouldn't that suggest that the government doesn't find it all that important? Governments don't care about anything else than what will get them the most money in the short run, that's why international students get screwed, cause there are not laws protecting us from being taken advantage of for being foreign. Racist bastards!
International student do not contribute to the economy of the UK
International students also do not pay any tax in the United Kingdom so they are not entitled to receive anything in return. If the charges are unfair then they should be subsidised by their home nation where their parents and ultimately they will pay tax.
What do you think?